Pentair Lil Rebel Troubleshooting

If you are having problems with your Pentair Lil Rebel Pool Cleaner, you are not alone. Many Pentair Lil Rebel owners experience issues with their pool cleaner from time to time, and it can be frustrating to deal with these problems.

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Pentair Lil Rebel Pool Cleaner Problems

Below are common issues and solutions for the Pentair Lil Rebel:

Problem Solution
The Pentair Lil Rebel cleaner is not moving or is moving too slowly. – Check flow with the flow gauge or by calculating the cleaner RPM and adjust the flow if necessary using the regulator valve. See page 4.
– Check for debris inside the cleaner itself. See page 7.
– Ensure the pump has primed and check for leaks in the system that may prevent proper priming.
– If there’s not enough flow, the filter may need backwashing.
– Ensure that the main drain and all suction lines are closed, except for the suction line to which the cleaner is attached.
– Check for obstructions in the system like debris in the filter, pump basket, or pump impeller.
– If the pool pump and filter system may be too small, consult your pool professional.
The Pentair Lil Rebel cleaner’s right wheel will not turn when rotated by hand. – Check for obstructions inside the cleaner itself. See page 7.
The Pentair Lil Rebel cleaner stays in one end of the pool. – Check flow with the flow gauge or by calculating the cleaner RPM and adjust the flow if necessary using the regulator valve. See page 4.
– Check the return line water flow and redirect as necessary with the optional eyeball diverter. See page 6.
– Ensure that the hose is long enough to reach the furthest point in the pool. See page 5.
– Check for proper hose float placement. The float may be in the wrong position. See page 2.
– Ensure that the swivel assembly rotates smoothly. Clean if necessary.
The Pentair Lil Rebel cleaner stays on the main drain. – Ensure that the main drain is closed and seek assistance from a pool professional if needed.
– Verify that a main drain grate is installed.
The Pentair Lil Rebel cleaner falls on its side and takes too long to recover. – Check for proper hose float placement. The float may be in the wrong position. See page 2.
– Ensure that the leader hose has been installed and is in the correct location. See page 2.
– Verify that the hose is long enough to reach the furthest point in the pool. See page 5.
– Adjust the return eyeball fittings if they are pushing the cleaner hoses away. See page 6.
The Pentair Lil Rebel hose keeps coiling up. – Store the hose flat and straight and out of the sun when not in use.
– Ensure the hose is the correct length. Refer to “Hose Length” on page 5.

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How to Diagnose and Repair a Pentair Lil Rebel

This guide will help you identify and resolve issues with your Pentair Lil Rebel Pool Cleaner.

Why Is My Pentair Lil Rebel Cleaner Not Moving or Moving Too Slowly?

If your Pentair Lil Rebel cleaner is not moving or is moving too slowly, first check the water flow using the flow gauge or by calculating the RPM of the cleaner. Adjust the flow using the regulator valve as necessary. Inspect the cleaner for internal debris that could be hindering movement. Ensure that the pump is primed correctly and that there are no leaks in the system affecting priming. If the flow is insufficient, the filter might require backwashing. Confirm that the main drain and all suction lines are closed, except for the one connected to the cleaner. Check for blockages in the filter, pump basket, or pump impeller. If your pool pump and filter system are too small, consult a pool professional.

What to Do If the Pentair Lil Rebel Cleaner’s Right Wheel Will Not Turn?

If the right wheel of the Pentair Lil Rebel cleaner will not turn when rotated by hand, look for obstructions inside the cleaner that may be causing the issue.

How to Fix the Pentair Lil Rebel Cleaner Staying in One End of the Pool?

To resolve the issue of the cleaner staying at one end of the pool, verify the water flow with the flow gauge or by checking the RPM, and adjust if necessary. Redirect the return line water flow with an optional eyeball diverter if required. Ensure the hose is long enough to reach the furthest point in the pool, and check that the hose floats are correctly positioned. Also, make sure the swivel assembly rotates smoothly and clean it if needed.

What Should I Do If the Pentair Lil Rebel Cleaner Stays on the Main Drain?

If the cleaner remains on the main drain, make sure the main drain is closed. If you cannot resolve the issue, seek assistance from a pool professional and ensure that a main drain grate is installed.

How to Correct the Pentair Lil Rebel Cleaner Falling on Its Side and Taking Too Long to Recover?

For a cleaner that falls on its side and struggles to recover, check the hose float placement to ensure it is in the correct position. Confirm that the leader hose is installed correctly and is located in the proper position. Verify that the hose is long enough to reach the furthest point in the pool, and adjust the return eyeball fittings if they are impacting the cleaner hoses.

How to Prevent the Pentair Lil Rebel Hose from Coiling Up?

To prevent the hose from coiling up, store it flat and straight, and out of direct sunlight when not in use. Ensure the hose is the correct length as per the “Hose Length” instructions found on page 5 of the manual.

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